Partick Thistle to take on Clyde in the Ramsdens Cup

09/04/2011'FHS - IRN BRU FIRST DIVISION, PARTICK THISTLE FC v FALKIRK FC'Partick Thistle manager Jackie McNamara
09/04/2011'FHS - IRN BRU FIRST DIVISION, PARTICK THISTLE FC v FALKIRK FC'Partick Thistle manager Jackie McNamara

PARTICK Thistle will play Clyde in the first round tie of the Ramsdens Cup.

Jags will travel to Alloa – where the Bully Wee will play temporarily while updrade work takes place at Broadwood – for the match.

The tie is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, and the full list of other matches in Thistle’s group are:

East Stirlingshire v Ayr United, Morton v Albion Rovers, Berwick Rangers v Queen’s Park, Dumbarton v Queen of the South, Hamilton Academical v Airdrie United, Stranraer v Stenhousemuir and Annan Athletic v Livingston.

Meanwhile Jags manager Jackie McNamara could be tempted to dip into the transfer market again before the start of the Irn-Bru First Division, which kicks off on Saturday, August 11, with the emphasis on looking for a new striker.

Since the end the season McNamara has brought in three new faces, with St Mirren legend Hugh Murray, former Fir Park starlet Steven Lawless and ex-Annan ace Aaron Muirhead all signing just days after the club’s last game.

The gaffer is pleased with how the new squad is shaping up ahead of pre-season training which starts later this month.

Sean Welsh has been brought back to the club following his release from Hibernian, while new deals have been handed out to first team players including captain Alan Archibald, defender Paul Paton and striker Mark McGuigan.

McNamara said: “The team is more or less complete. The players we have brought in are the main positions we have wanted to sort out. There are players we have missed out on, but that is football.

“At the moment I am really happy with the squad we have, but could probably do with another striker.”